Stephanie grew up in Greenville, SC and graduated from Southside High School with the Class of '88.
Stephanie's business is Mom's Kids Kab of the Upstate, LLC.
Together, Stephanie and her husband Jerry are paving the way daily for those previously incarcerated to make a better way of life for themselves through housing, job training, education & most importantly through the word of God.
Fun Fact: Three things on Stephanie's bucket list are: living abroad, learning how to sew, and flying a plane.
"I love pulling dreams out of people and watching their lives change as their dreams come to life."
- Stephanie Blassingame
Julie Maddox is from Greenville, SC and graduated from Greenville High School.
Julie's business is Sugar Beeze, LLC. Her product is Benji Bars® - Make it Better® - a honey and almond protein bar. She sells wholesale and retail and also donates to various outlets in her community.
Fun Fact: Both of her sons are Eagle Scouts.
Why are you investing in entrepreneurs through Village Launch? "I'm a proud recipient of their awesomeness!"
Angela Pride is from Alabama and has lived here in Greenville, SC for 17 years.
Angela's business is Coach with Pride, LLC, where she specializes in leadership training, workshops, and seminars. She's also an author, mentor, and speaker.
Fun Fact: Angela has a phobia of birds.
"I have a passion for seeing others grow. I love to give back." - Angela Pride
Elonda is from Pelzer, South Carolina and graduated from Woodmont High School.
Elonda has been a realtor since 1993. She and her husband, John, are the owners of Sherman Builders Inc and have been in the construction business since 1996.
Fun Fact: She has been driving since she was eight years old.
"I believe in the mission of Village Launch. Entrepreneurship breathes life into our communities! To be a part of this team is to be a part of the success of Greenville." - Elonda Sherman
David Hanna grew up in Belfast, Ireland. He and his family transferred to Greenville in 1995 from Brussels, Belgium to take up a position with a division of a Fortune 500 company that was based in the Upstate.
David has owned and run a management consulting company since 1997. His clients have ranged from California to New York in fields including food, not-for-profit, childcare, and ministry. David is currently following his passion for people as Director of Greenville Rescue Mission.
Fun Fact: David can play the keyboards for recreation and worship.
"I believe that small businesses are a key to building a thriving community." - David Hanna
Mallory is our Program Director of Village Launch. A local to South Carolina, graduated from Furman and has been in the non-profit sector for many years and enjoyed serving in the community.
She is driven, inspiring, the friendliest, and an ideal advocate. With a culinary background and entrepreneurial mindset, she is ready to help connect the entrepreneur ecosystem in Greenville.
Dan moved to Greenville in 2007 via Furman University where he studied Psychology. After growing up in South Florida, he is proud to now call Greenville home. Dan launched Mill Village Farms in 2012 and serves as the executive director of Mill Village Farms and the parent organization, Mill Community Ministries. Dan is a resident of the Greater Sullivan community where he is an active member of the Long Branch Baptist Church. He also serves on boards for New Horizons Family Health Services, JustFaith Ministries, Community Works, and Habitat for Humanity Greenville County. Dan is passionate about youth and community development.
Sherry Taylor is the Operations Manager of Mill Community Ministries (our umbrella organization). She was born and raised in Greenville, then after living in Seattle and Atlanta, she returned to Greenville with her family.
Sherry's background is in TV, film, and radio production. Since moving back to Greenville in 1998, she has worked as a part of the Grace Church staff focusing on community involvement before joining Mill Community Ministries.
Village Launch was established through Grace Church, and while working at Grace, she helped build their relationship with Chancey Peake -- the first Village Launch graduate.
"I love what Village Launch (formerly Nasha) is about and I believe it is a true benefit to individuals as well as the community as a whole." - Sherry Taylor
Sky is the AmeriCorps member for Village Launch and our umbrella organization, Mill Community Ministries.
Sky was born in China and grew up in Indiana. She fell in love with Greenville when she was a student at Furman.
"Compared to growing up in a small town, Greenville is very exciting with so many fun events. There is also a contagious energy of business growth and entrepreneurship here." - Sky Brilliandt